Player ratings: Man United's new boys impress in first match |
Player ratings: Man United's new boys impress in first match

Player ratings: Man United's new boys impress in first match

Manchester United fans had all the reasons to be proud of their team on Sunday, as they put Chelsea to the sword in the opening fixture of the 2019/20 Premier League season. 

The team put in a composed performance, and were dangerous especially in the second half, scoring three unanswered goals after the opener in the first half. 

What perhaps excited the fans, even more, was the performance of the new signings, who looked and felt home from the first minute, dazzling in front of the home fans in their first competitive match. 

Harry Maguire - 8

Harry Maguire has earned a reputation of one of the coolest and most composed defenders in the Premier League and showed exactly that in the match. 

From the first whistle, the defender was ice cool with his ball distribution from the back and starting attacks from the heart of the defense with perfectly weighted passes.

He was also ice cold in taking on Chelsea attackers and threw his body on the line, literally to block goal-bound balls, case in point Jorginho's 39th-minute strike. 

He created a good human wall for De Gea and could backtrack to cover Lindelof whenever Chelsea's attackers outstretched the backline. 

One more thing that will definitely please the Old Trafford faithful is the leadership qualities he showed during the match. He reminded many of Rio Ferdinand as he barked at his teammates and ensured they kept their lines.

Wan-Bissaka - 8

On his side was another new signing; Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The former Crystal Palace is perhaps the most settled among the United newest recruits. 

He showed this during the preseason tour and his ball recovery and tackling are amazing. He made it look easy bursting forward with immense pace, and was not shy of dribbling and taking on defenders in the opposite side of the pitch. 

His speed and eye to pick out teammates was and will be key for United. He was also responsible for breaking attacks from the opponents, at times hurrying them to commit basic mistakes like misplacing passes. 

James - 7

The last debutant, James, was the only one to find the net on his first competitive match. He didn't have much time to show what he can do, but the winger's fourth goal was a key indicator of what a player Ole stole from Swansea. 

He got lucky in his final shot that deflected off Emerson, but you can't say the same with his anticipated run to receive Pogba's pass. 

It is exciting times ahead for United fans.

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